American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A piece of magnetite that has magnetic properties and attracts iron or steel.
- n. One that attracts strongly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of magnetite, or the magnetic oxid of iron, which possesses polarity and has the power of attracting fragments of iron. See magnet.
- n. A leading-stone for drains.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) Same as loadstone.
- n. a permanent magnet consisting of magnetite that possess polarity and has the power to attract as well as to be attracted magnetically
- First attested from 1515, from Middle English lode ("guide") + stone. From use as a guide tool by mariners. See also: lodestar. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English lode, way; see lode + stone (from its use by sailors to show the way). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The name lodestone comes from the old English meaning "way stone" because a sliver of iron rubbed with lodestone also becomes magnetised, and this is how the first compass needles were made.”
“Anyhow, some genius found out that a small needle brought in contact with the so-called lodestone, or magnetic ore, absorbs the qualities of the lodestone, and when placed on a pivot will always point to the north.”
“Create a social media "lodestone" within each of your marketing efforts.”
“HOLC is too complicated to explain, and doesn't speak directly to the liquidity problem to make it some kind of lodestone for fighting the Paulson / Bush bill, which essentially gets around the unconstitutionality issue by pressuring congress to give up their constitutional mandate by handing it over, no questions asked, to the executive.”
“While snow has been the standard for purity since before Shakespeare, in the 15th century you would have been as right as an adamant, a lodestone that always pointed to North.”
“There is of course more than just a visual resemblance at work here: Chateaubriand has within him an ideological lodestone perpetually inclining him toward the sacred grandeur of the East.”
“Called the Countess of Westmorland's lodestone, it is a huge natural magnet.”
“As the epicenter of modern jazz, New York City has always been a magical lodestone, irresistibly attracting talented musicians at every stage of their development and careers.”
“These elves had already bred a magical race of flying reindeer, and they assisted Santa in building his massive military-industrial complex at the Black Precipice (that is, the great lodestone mountain near the Pole, which causes compass arrows to point north) in order to bring his generosity to the children of the world through the delivery of toys to stockings.”
“In many ways, the current conservative debate is rooted in a seminal essay Jeane Kirkpatrick wrote for Commentary magazine in 1979, which became a lodestone for Ronald Reagan's foreign policy.”
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Words used quite often in steampunk
Words and phrases from Kenneth Oppel's book, Airborn.
Vocabulary building for my quest of GRE 2013
All the words which I encounter during my GRE studies. :)
in the process of moving lots of these from miscellanea (got bored, got work to do)
PS really enjoying the button that says 'Update so as not to forget'
Looking for tweets for lodestone.